We've been looking for a fun family activity that will build memories with our children. Oh, and it needs to be cheap. Camping was the first thing that came to mind. Our kids are getting a little more independent, the weather is getting cooler, and we're all itching to get out of the house. So, for a trial run, Dad decided to take on the backyard with the two older kids.
It took us two days to get the tent to stand up alone. Once that small detail was taken care of, the kids were excited. Dad was determined to spend a Sunday night outside. Never mind the fact that Pod's first day of school was the next day. The kids did well. They read stories by flashlight and enjoyed the excitement of it all. Pods got a bit upset when the big rigs on I35 would downshift and make a loud noise. Other than that, the night went well.
Now, about four in the morning, Sydney had to go outside. The dogs were a bit confused on why the kids were outside. So, I took her out and watched over her to make sure she didn't bark at the tent. I threw myself back in bed, wondering why I didn't visit the restroom while I was still up. After laying there for ten minutes, I forced myself out of bed and into the bathroom. I flipped on the shower light to make sure I was in the right place. Well, earlier in the day, I had twisted the blinds just enough to let a little sunshine in the room. Didn't think anyone could see inside. Well, I learned my lesson! At the same time, Eric had gotten up to relieve himself outside...what a nature boy. He was standing right outside the window when I flipped the light on. A bit of a shock! He thought he'd been caught. I can only imagine the look on his face. He looked in the window only to find me hunkered down on the toilet. I guess after nearly ten years, we are becoming each other. We have to get up at the same time in the night. Maybe we should just go ahead and invest in the side by side potties right now.
The kids had a blast. They were very energetic the next morning and excited to tell me all about their camping experience. Maybe next time, we'll all venture out farther than the backyard!